- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 22, 2002

CHARLOTTESVILLE Matt Schaub had something Charlie Frye didn't have enough of in Virginia's surprisingly difficult 48-29 victory against Akron yesterday: help putting points on the board.
Schaub threw touchdown passes to five different receivers and Virginia scored a touchdown on special teams and defense, allowing it to improve to 2-2 despite a huge performance by the Zips' sophomore quarterback.
"Just about everything he did was pretty good," Virginia coach Al Groh said of Frye, who kept three touchdown drives alive with fourth-down completions. "I was impressed with the completions he got under very heavy pressure. We got some good schooling in how to play man-to-man coverage."
Playing with a sore thumb on his throwing hand, Frye completed 27 of 47 passes for 336 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for two scores, including one that almost silenced Scott Stadium with 9:20 remaining.
But Schaub was most effective when he most needed to be. After Frye's 1-yard dive on fourth-and-1 pulled the Zips within 34-29, Schaub led the Cavaliers on touchdown drives just 1:37 apart, giving Virginia a cushion.
"It was just play calling and who was open," Schaub said of the pass distribution that saw nine different Cavaliers catch at least one ball.
And then there was that help. Early on, Alex Seals blocked a punt deep in Zips territory, and Darryl Blackstock returned it nine yards for a TD.
And late in the third quarter, with the Zips trailing 28-22 and driving, Art Thomas turned Frye's only mistake of the game into a 42-yard interception return, restoring some breathing room for the Cavaliers.
"That was a huge play. It really changed the game," Virginia linebacker Angelo Crowell said. "They were driving. We put a little pressure on their quarterback, he cracked and we made a play on the ball."
Said Frye of the play, on which he scarmbled to the right sideline and threw just before getting hit: "It was supposed to be a screen."
Zips coach Lee Owens said he shared in the blame for the mistake.
"He was winded and had just taken a big hit," Owens said. "He just didn't have enough gas left in his engine to throw it as deep as he needed to throw it or to throw it away."
The Zips last stand came on the next series, a 17-play drive kept alive by Frye's 12-yard pass to Brandon Payne on fourth-and-3 from the Virginia 18, and ended when Frye converted his fourth fourth-down play.
After that, Schaub capped a 9-play drive with a 4-yard TD throw to Patrick Estes, the Cavaliers finally stopped a fourth-down play and Schaub quickly found Heath Miller from 16 yards for the final touchdown.
"He's just taking over, taking control of the offense and moving the ball," wideout Billy McMullen said of Schaub, who has established himself as the starter and finished 19-for-27 for 202 yards with no interceptions.
Schaub also threw touchdown passes of eight yards to Michael McGrew, one yard to Jason Snelling and two yards to McMullen. He now has 12 touchdown passes in four games while being intercepted three times.
"Five touchdown passes is a pretty good day's work," Groh said.

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